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Haskovo is a city, an administrative centre of the homonymous Haskovo Province in southern Bulgaria, not far from the borders with Greece and Turkey. Strategically nestled between the Rhodopi and the Balkan mountain ranges, the region enjoys a pleasant climate and easy transportation access. It is a natural center for cultural events.

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The Virgin Мary Monument

The Virgin Mary Monument - Monday to Sunday 08.30am - 06.00pm. The Highest in the world statue of the Holy Virgin Mary with the Infant was built in 2003. In 2005 The Highest in the world statue of the Holy Virgin Mary was included into the book of Guinness World Records, and since 2009 it was also entered into the List of the Hundred National Tourist Sights in Bulgaria. It is made of polymer concrete and weighs 120 tons. The overall height of the monument is 32.8 meters, and its attractiveness is supplemented by The Nativity of the Virgin chapel, which was built inside the base of the statue. The Yamacha Hill on which the Statue stands offers a fascinating breathtaking view over the city. Free



The Bell Tower in the Town of Haskovo

The Bell Tower in the town of Haskovo - Monday to Sunday 08.30am - 06.00pm. In the summer of 2010, next to the Monument of Virgin Mary in the city of Haskovo, the edifice of the Belfry was built up. Rising to nearly thirty meters, the Belfry next to the Virgin Mary Monument in the city of Haskovo, is one of the highest on the Balkan Peninsula. On top of it there are eight bells of varying size and total weight little over one tone. The Belfry is open to visitors every day. Free



The Aleksandrovo Tomb

The Aleksandrovo Tomb - Tuesday to Sunday 09:00am – 05:00pm; Monday closed. The tomb in the vicinity of the village of Aleksandrovo dates back to the IV century BC, and is one of the most prominent monuments of the ancient Thracian culture. It was discovered in 2000 by the famous archaeologist Georgi Kitov (1943 - 2008). Its impressive size ranks the tomb among the most monumental ones on the Bulgarian lands. The exceptionally well-preserved frescoes enrich with new data our knowledge and notions of the Thracian religious rituals, cults, weapons, clothing and lifestyle. In 2009 the Thracian Art Museum of the Eastern Rhodopes opened its doors in the immediate proximity to the tomb. The people of Japan had donated nearly $ 3 million for the construction of this Museum. The huge museum complex was inaugurated personally jointly by the Japanese crown prince's brother - Prince Akishino and the President of the Republic of Bulgaria Georgi Parvanov. The 98 gold decorations and jewels (4500 - 4000 BC), discovered in the northern part of the Sakar Mountain are amongst the most memorable and impressive exhibits of the museum. Together with the gold ornaments from the Varna necropolis and the necklace discovered in the vicinity of the Hotnitsa village, these gold works prove to be the most ancient processed gold ornaments in the world. Children of less than 6 years, coach drivers, disabled persons: free, adults: 4 Lv (2 €), students and seniors (as from 65 years): 2 Lv (1 €).



The Assumption Church in the Village of Uzundjovo

The Assumption Church in the Village of Uzundjovo - Monday to Sunday 08.30am - 06.00pm. The Assumption is the largest rural church in Bulgaria. It combines in an amazing way various elements of Christianity and Islam. Built initially as a Christian temple, in 1593 it was destroyed by the Ottoman Empire. A mosque was erected in its place – it was a part of a large estate of caravan seraglio, which according to the chronicles-writers resembled a fortress, whose central entrance is preserved until the present days. In the early 20th century the Turkish government returned the property back to Bulgaria and the reconstruction of the mosque into a church began at that time. In 2007 the church was thoroughly reconstructed by the Haskovo Municipality. During the restoration works two medieval inscriptions in Arabic on religious-philosophical topics were discovered, but these latter inscriptions have not yet been accurately dated. All the icons and frescoes were restored. The Tryavna painter Master Darin Bozhkov carved a new iconostasis, which by its size ranks among the three biggest and most impressive ones in the country. The windows were decorated with fascinating stained glass works, depicting scenes from the life of the Mother of God. In the last century the Assumption church in the village of Uzundjovo was proclaimed to be a cultural heritage monument. Free

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Park Kenana

Park Kenana - Take a walk in the park Kenana. Kenana is the largest park on the territory of Haskovo Municipality. It is situated in the north-eastern part of the city. The largest part of the park is put under timber. There is a variety of wood spices spread. “The small and big wood”, the rose garden, the wood garden and the “dried river” are of great interest from dendrological point of view. A wide alley, 2.5 km long, extends along the park. A new alley, parallel to the main one and specialized for bike-riders, is planned to be constructed. There are numerous of cafeterias, hotels, swimming pools, an open-air cinema, children’s spot, sports facilities. The tennis-courts are located here. The zoo-garden of Haskovo is situated in the park of Kenana.



The Tennis Complex - The town of Haskovo offers modern facilities for tennis, squash and badminton among the tranquility and fresh air of the Kenana forest park. The guests of the city have at their disposal seven red tennis courts and two indoor tennis courts with multifunctional floors of the Green Set type. Professional coaches provide services and assistance to tennis fans of all ages who wish to experience the pleasure of this sport, and the sports activities are held in individual and group formats. The courts are well-lit and allow for playing at night-time. The Haskovo tennis complex is designed with a view to provide for organizing international competitions and has permanent spectator seats. The conditions offered at the Haskovo tennis complex allow for practicing of other sports also - football, basketball, handball, volleyball and others. The complex includes a restaurant offering traditional Bulgarian cuisine.



Diana Shooting Complex - Haskovo-based Diana Shooting Complex offers unique opportunities inaccessible elsewhere in Bulgaria. The complex offers all kinds of weapons and instruction by experienced instructors. The shooting ground spreads on an area of 30 dka and has a Benchrest shooting band and two polos to sport the Olympic disciplines of Skeet-Trap, Single Trap, Double Arm Trap, Multitrap, Compak Sporting Claymate. There are also shooting bands for short firearm and opportunities for rifle shooting at a moving target at distances of 50, 75, 100, 150 and 200 meters. It is particularly useful for hunters willing to practice the “Running Boar” exercise at the short firearm shooting band. There are shooting positions equipped with metal shooting benches to fire at a distance of 100, 135 and 200 meters. Guest of Diana Shooting Complex - Haskovo can buy hunting and sporting weapons, ammunition, accessories and clothing at the two large stores located in the shopping area. Particularly for beginners training courses are organized under the guidance of experienced shooters. Other advantages of Haskovo’s Diana Shooting Complex are the spacious parking lot and the cozy café.



The Haskovo Karting Track - The Karting track in the town of Haskovo is one of the largest and best equipped in the Balkans. Numerous national and international championships are held there every year. The dimensions of the karting complex are impressive, and the route is longer than 1000 meters and 8.5 meters wide. The Karting track in Haskovo has 700 seats available, a separate repairs area and parking spaces. The perfectly lighted route gives the opportunity to hold driving races also after sunset. For the fans of the karting sport, the Haskovo Karting track offers karts of 270 cc, 9 hp and modern software to record the time and the average speed AMV. For several years now in April the karting track has hosted the annual Retro-Racing Haskovo event, organized by the Retro Club - Haskovo. A nice addition to the carting complex are the hotel premises and the restaurant offering rich menu and cozy atmosphere and overlooking the runway.

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Haskovo is one of the cities in Bulgaria with the greatest variety of stores. You can spend a whole weekend shopping and you'll find incredible things. The huge store, named after the twin town in the past - Tashkent, is by now a favorite place for shopping. With the renewed facade, the department store has housed under its roof dozens of boutiques and goldsmith ateliers, and if you decide to indulge in unique goods Haskovo abounds with them.

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Alafrangite Restaurant

Alafrangite Restaurant - The restaurant is situated in the central part of the city in a quiet and pleasant atmosphere. It is located in the old Revival house. The place makes its visitors charmed by the enormous variety of menu and wine types available. Payments via all types of credit and debit cards are available. For reservations: +359 38 664 400; +359 886 587 718;



Pizza-restaurant Uno Piu - Restaurant Uno Piu is located in the absolute central part of the city of Haskovo. It is situated in the beautiful “Drujba” park, at the foot of the Monument Holy Virgin Mary. The kitchen is abundant of fresh French, Greek and the traditional Bulgarian salads. Contact information: +359 886 361111

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Barcode is a place for R&B, techno and pop. Every night there are different parties. Address:3 San Stefano, tel: +35988 917 0333



Cosmopolitan Music Club Haskovo is a night club. Address: 1 Svoboda Sq., Tel. : 088 697 0777. 23:00 - 06:00 from Thursday to Saturday.

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Haskovo city has disposable a variety of hotels and guest-houses which can satisfy even the most discriminating taste.

  • The Small Inn – tel.: +359 38/ 626232; +359878/ 456793. Family hotel is located in downtown Haskovo close to the bus station. The Small Inn Hotel has eight bedrooms and one suite fully equipped with Internet access, cable TV, central air conditioning, bathroom, mini bar and phone. There is also room service offered.
  • Retro Hotel – 7 Osvobozhdenie Blvd., tel.: + 359 38 666201, fax: + 359 38 666201, e-mail: info@hotelretro.bg . Located in the very heart of Haskovo. The hotel is situated near sightseeing attractions, entertainment and recreation, office and commercial buildings. Opened in May 2012. 45 – 99 Leva (23€ - 50€).
  • DIAMOND PLAZA - 81 “Bulgaria” Blvd., tel.: +359 38/605500, fax: +359 38/605506, e-mail: reception@hotel-diamond-plaza.com. Hotel complex "DIAMOND PLAZA" is situated in the very center of Haskovo town, near to all state institutions, banks, important cultural, historical and business spots of the town.
  • Europe Park Hotel - park “Kenana”, tel.: +359 38 606 606, fax: +359 38 606 656, e-mail: contact@parkhoteleurope.com. Among greenery and romance, the complex is charming with its unique architecture, high style and attractive design.

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Tourist Information Centre Town of Haskovo

1A Rakovski Blvd. 6300 Haskovo, Bulgaria

Phone: 00359 / 38 / 666 444 Fax: 00359 / 38 / 666 444

Skype/ICQ: tourism.haskovo E-mail:tourism.haskovo@gmail.com www.haskovo.com

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